High flying and backyard conservation

Photos: Gregor Richardson
Photos: Gregor Richardson
Backyard Kiwi ranger Todd Hamilton addresses a crowd of more than 50 children, parents and interested members of the community at Orokonui Ecosanctuary during Earth Day yesterday. 

Mathew Campbell (9), of Dunedin, has a crack at kite flying at Camp Estate on the Otago Peninsula...
Mathew Campbell (9), of Dunedin, has a crack at kite flying at Camp Estate on the Otago Peninsula, part of Wild Dunedin, on Saturday morning. More than 30 children attended the event.
Mr Hamilton told the audience about Backyard Kiwi and the discovery made in Whangarei that the dogs responsible for kiwi deaths were predominantly pets, rather than hunting dogs or farm dogs.

Mr Hamilton said Backyard Kiwi was a "community-driven conservation project".

"We were asked to come to the Wild Dunedin festival to tell people what worked for us," he said.

It was a "privilege" to share his ideas with Dunedin people and Orokonui was "brilliant", he said.

"It was a brilliant example of what you can do to help nature help itself."

Later in the day illustrator Heather Hunt taught children how to draw kiwi at Orokonui. 

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